Apple AirPower charger will reportedly ship in September after bug fixes

Apple AirPower charger will reportedly ship in September after bug fixes

But Apple failed to launch or even publicly address AirPower delays since then. Apple also announced its own AirPower charger but said it wouldn't be released until 2018.

The report states that Apple had originally meant to release the product in June, but difficulties in bringing the simultaneous charging of multiple devices to reality have caused some delays. It recommended charging hubs from Mophie and Belkin, an unusual move for the consumer-hardware specialist. The aim now is to put it on sale before or in September, according to one of the people. Apple has also promised to release a case for its AirPods wireless earbuds that would allow you to wirelessly charge them on the AirPower.

Sources familiar with its development tell the publication that one challenge is making sure the charger doesn't overheat. In order to be able to place any device anywhere on the mat, multiple charging sensors must be integrated.

The charger is far more sophisticated than anything on the market right now from the competition, featuring a custom Apple chip that runs a simpler iOS version to manage wireless charging, power management, and device pairing.

It's now been almost a year since AirPower was first announced and with no sight of the device yet, many are noting that it highlights Apple's growing supply chain challenges.

Apple faced similar issues with the HomePod smart speaker, which was released this year, about six months after the device was first announced.

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Beyond the release date, there are still other mysteries surrounding AirPower.

When an electric current passes from the mains through the coiled wire, it creates an electromagnetic field around the magnet. First and foremost, I think battery life needs to see a major improvement before Apple drops physical wired charging altogether.

This means that it won't offer faster charging speeds than conventional chargers, which offer 15 watts as standard.

An Apple spokesperson declined to comment.

Bajarin added that he doesn't expect it to hurt Apple in the long-term, as it's part of the company's wider strategy of a 'wireless future'.

Engineers at the company have ramped up testing and have been using the wireless charging pads extensively in the office to ensure that it will be ready, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

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